Pasadena’s Higher Minimum Wage Ordinance Hits City in the Pocketbook

Published : Monday, June 19, 2017 | 5:39 AM

The Pasadena City Council is set to approve tonight $231,000 in pay increases for non-Union-represented, non-management City employees effective on the first day of the pay period that includes July 1, 2017, to comply with the City’s minimum wage ordinance approved in 2016.

“Although not covered by the ordinance, the City Council stated its intent that the City also be subject to the local minimum wage,” City Director of Human Resources Jennifer Curtis said in an Agenda Report for the City Council. “This is achieved by amending the salary resolution and any applicable Memoranda of Understanding with existing bargaining groups. Based on a review of a June 2017 employee demographics report, it is estimated that nearly 83 percent of the City employees who currently earn less than $12 per hour also reside in Pasadena or Altadena.”

At its regular weekly meeting Monday, the City Council will deliberate on a recommendation from the Department of Human Resources to amend the City’s non-represented non-management salary resolution, and approve an amendment to the 2015-2018 AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) Memorandum of Understanding Exhibit 1 Salary Schedule to conform with the ordinance.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance adopted on March 14, 2016 required the payment of a City-wide minimum wage of $10.50 per hour beginning on July 1, 2016, followed by increases to $12 per hour on July 1, 2017 and $13.25 per hour on July 1, 2018.

The City Council’s action will result in pay increases for at least 12 qualifications or positions with pay rates below the July 1, 2017 minimum hourly wage of $12. Nine of these classifications are covered under the non-represented non-management

Salary Resolution and the remaining three classifications are represented by AFSCME.

The Agenda Report showed the affected positions include Ambulance Operator, Page, Library Page, City Service Worker, City Temporary Worker, Recreation Leader I, Recreation Leader II, Junior Lifeguard and Lifeguard (non-represented non-management positions), and Childcare Monitor, Instructor I, and Work Experience Aide (AFSCME positions).

Curtis said the fully burdened fiscal year 2018 fiscal impact of the proposed minimum wage increase is estimated at $231,000 and is reflected in the 2018 recommended operating budget. Approximately 48 percent, or $111,000 of the increase, will have a direct impact on the General Fund.